China, DPRK border cities open one-day bus tour
Updated: 2014-05-27 16:50
LONGJING - A one-day bus tour from the northeast China border city of Longjing to Hoeryong in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) was launched on Tuesday.
The opening of the route will enable Chinese tourists to arrive in Hoeryong directly, without transferring to a DPRK vehicle at the port, according to Wang Jing, a government worker from Longjing in Jilin Province.
"This will save tourists a lot of time and facilitate the whole journey," Wang said.
A total of 134 tourists joined the tour on the first day of the route opening.
The trip costs 580 yuan (94 US dollars) per tourist. Tourists can visit historical sites on the DPRK side, taste Korean delicacies and enjoy performances by DPRK artists.
China and the DPRK have in recent years witnessed booming border tourism on the back of multiple travel schemes aimed at boosting the regional economy.
The DPRK has opened several cities for group tours from China, including Rason, Namyang, Chongjin and Mount Kumgang. About 10,000 tourists from Yanbian, also in Jilin, visit the DPRK annually.